Forests and forest management practices in Bangladesh: the question of sustainability

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Abstract:

As a relatively new country, the forests of Bangladesh have only been managed for 34 years under current management authority. During this period, forest management practices have been changed and revised from time to time in accordance with Government policy and legal regimes. The status of forest ecosystems has also changed. This paper reviews and analyzes the past 34 years of forest management practices in Bangladesh and identifies the effects of management practices on the forest ecosystem. The paper also discusses sustainability issues in addition to constraints and opportunities of the forests and forest management practices in Bangladesh.

Keywords: Bangladesh; community forestry; conservation; forest policy; sustainable forest management

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1505/ifor.9.2.627

Affiliations: IUCN The World Conservation Union, Bangladesh Country Office, House 11, Road 138, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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